Associate in Applied Science-Transfer

Administrative Office Systems Accounting, Associate in Applied Science-Transfer (AAS-T) Degree

Area of Study
Business and Management
Offered Online
Yes
Program Coordinator

Sherry Sparrowk
(360) 417-6375
ssparrowk@pencol.edu

Complete your Administrative Office Systems Accounting, Associate in Applied Science-Transfer (AAS-T). This program provides up-to-date curriculum that adapts to the rapidly changing workplace. In an interactive online learning environment, students master Microsoft 365 and digital literacy. They observe, practice, and train, then apply their skills in a real-world business environment.

Technology skills are combined with writing and specialty courses. The program is designed to prepare students to work in a wide variety of office settings: Accounting, Administrative Support, Computer Applications Support, Legal, and Medical.

Program Length: 6 Quarters
Program Code: ATBACAAS

Career Opportunities and Earnings 

Previous graduates are employed by legal and medical offices, government agencies, schools, hospitals, and private enterprises. New opportunities are very likely in the future and the occupation is projected to have a large number of job openings in Washington state. Potential positions include:

  • Accounting assistant
  • Computer applications support
  • Executive assistant
  • Legal assistant
  • Medical office assistant

For current employment and wage estimates, please visit and search for the relevant occupational term: bls.gov/oes/.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate advanced skills in cloud-based Microsoft 365
  • Demonstrate ability to create, format, and modify word processing documents
  • Communicate information and ideas (verbal & written) for a variety of business purposes and audiences
  • Create workbooks, analyze data, and use mathematical functions
  • Create tables, relationships, forms, and reports in a relational database
  • Demonstrate an ability to organize and present information in visual presentations
  • Demonstrate competencies to succeed in an administrative office career
  • Exhibit effective interpersonal skills

Special Features

  • Intermediate and advanced training in Microsoft 365.
  • Interactive training and skill-based assessments completed in a virtual environment.
  • Projects are based on real-world business situations.
  • Writing skills for a variety of technical and business applications.
  • Personalized tutoring for all AOS students.
  • Wide array of short-term certificates of proficiency that provide benchmarks toward the completion of a degree.
  • Reduced cost for AOS course textbooks, online learning tools, and software (see Approximate Additional Costs).

Program Goals

  • Prepare students for a variety of administrative related job opportunities.
  • Prepare students for a rapidly changing workplace.
  • Monitor and improve relevancy of course curriculum to ensure a high-quality program.
  • Monitor the needs of the community and the relevancy of curriculum though Advisory Committee meetings.

    Program Prerequisites

    Students entering this program should have basic knowledge of a computer and touch-typing skills. It is recommended that online students complete HUMDV 101. Writing classes are embedded in the program.

    Students are required to place into the English and math/applied math courses required for this program. Learn more about placement options by visiting the Assessment and Placement website: pencol.edu/placement-testing.

    Approximate Additional Costs

    • AOS textbooks and online learning tools are purchased by subscription. Subscriptions can be purchased for one semester, one year, or two years. If a two year subscription is purchased, the average cost per AOS class is $27.
    • Software: Office 365 (free for PC students)

    Sample Schedule  

    This sample schedule is provided as a guide for a full-time student starting in fall quarter whose goal is to earn the AAS-T. The typical student schedule is based on entering the program during the fall quarter, however some programs allow students to enter in the winter or spring as well. Since not all do, please confirm with an advisor whether this program must be started during a specific quarter or not.    

    First Quarter (Fall)

    Catalog #
    Title
    Credits
    5

    Course content focuses on what skills are needed to be successful digital citizens in college and beyond. Students use information and communication technologies to find, evaluate, create and communicate information. Interactive training and skill-based assessments are completed in a virtual environment; projects are based on real-world business situations. Touch keyboarding skills is recommended. This class may include students from multiple sections. 

    Credits: 5

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    5

    Develop beginning through intermediate word processing skills in Microsoft Word and associated technologies. Create, edit, format documents and tables; use themes and building blocks, illustrate documents with graphics, merge data sources and documents. Interactive training and skill-based assessments are completed in a virtual environment; projects are based on real-world business situations. Integration with cloud computing. Touch keyboarding skills is recommended. This class may include students from multiple sections. 

    Credits: 5

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    5

    Active reading, effective writing, and critical thinking, using subjective and objective approaches. Introduction to research techniques. This class may include students from multiple sections. (Communication Skills)

    Credits: 5

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    Sub-Total Credits
    15

    Second Quarter (Winter)

    Catalog #
    Title
    Credits
    5

    Develop beginning through intermediate spreadsheet skills in Microsoft Excel and associated technologies. Create, edit, and format spreadsheets; analyze data using formulas, manage workbook data, create and analyze table data. Interactive training and skill-based assessments are completed in a virtual environment; projects are based on real-world business situations. Integration with cloud computing. Touch keyboarding skills is recommended. This class may include students from multiple sections. 

    Credits: 5

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    AOS 115 or AOS 116  +
    3
    2

    Learn the fundamentals of survey design, distribution, and data collection with common survey tools used by businesses to collect information from a specific population. Students will develop a questionnaire, collect responses, and present results in tables and charts. This class may include students from multiple sections.

    Credits: 2

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    5

    Introduction to methods and applications of elementary descriptive and inferential statistics; summarizing data graphically and numerically, probability, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, correlation and linear regression. This class may include students from multiple sections. (Quantitative Skills, Natural Sciences, Elective)

    Credits: 5

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    Sub-Total Credits
    15

    Third Quarter (Spring)

    Catalog #
    Title
    Credits
    5

    Develop beginning through intermediate relational database management skills in Microsoft Access and associated technologies. Create tables, relationships, forms, and reports. Interactive training and skill-based assessments are completed in a virtual environment; projects are based on real-world business situations. Integration with cloud computing. Touch keyboarding skills is recommended. This class may include students from multiple sections. 

    Credits: 5

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    5

    Create mixed media presentations using Microsoft PowerPoint and associated technologies. Create and share interactive presentations online with voice, video, inking and screen recording. Interactive training and skill-based assessments are completed in a virtual environment; projects are based on real-world business situations. Integration with cloud computing. Touch keyboarding skills is recommended. This class may include students from multiple sections.

    Credits: 5

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    5

    Apply writing skills to a variety of technical and business applications. Exercises and activities introduce the latest business communication practices. Digital coverage of social media and communication; self-recorded videos demonstrate student verbal communication skills. Touch keyboarding skills is recommended. This class may include students from multiple sections. 

    Credits: 5

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    Sub-Total Credits
    15

    Fourth Quarter (Fall)

    Catalog #
    Title
    Credits
    5

    Emphasis on nature of accounting as a system of information for decision making. Specific topics include basic financial statements, the accounting cycle, forms of business organization, financial assets, inventories, and depreciation. This class may include students from multiple sections. (Elective)

    Credits: 5

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    5

    Develop advanced word processing skills in Microsoft Word and associated technologies. Create multipage and research papers; apply automated functions; collaborate and share documents, build electronic forms, apply advanced graphical tools. Interactive training and skill-based assessments are completed in a virtual environment; projects are based on real-world business situations. Integration with cloud computing. This class may include students from multiple sections. 

    Credits: 5

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    Humanities  +
    5
    Sub-Total Credits
    15

    Fifth Quarter (Winter)

    Catalog #
    Title
    Credits
    5

    Study of accounting is continued through specific topics, including liabilities, stockholder’s equity, statement of cash flows, financial statement analysis, and global and management accounting. This class may include students from multiple sections. (Elective)

    Credits: 5

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    5

    Develop advanced spreadsheet skills in Microsoft Excel and associated technologies. Use advanced functions and formulas; enhance charts, use “what-if ” analysis, analyze data with PivotTables, exchange data with other programs, share files and incorporate web content, and program with XML. Interactive training and skill-based assessments are completed in a virtual environment; projects are based on real-world business situations. Integration with cloud computing. This class may include students from multiple sections. 

    Credits: 5

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    5

    (Formerly AOS 210) Use current technologies to complete administrative tasks in a professional office environment. Plan and write effective business correspondence. Plan and present oral office communications. Create and process reports; apply records management procedures; plan onsite and online business meetings; make business travel arrangement. Research career options, market trends, job duties and earnings. Write targeted and focused employment documents. AOS 205 and AOS 206 is recommended. This class may include students from multiple sections. 

    Credits: 5

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    Sub-Total Credits
    15

    Sixth Quarter (Spring)

    Catalog #
    Title
    Credits
    5

    Managerial concepts are explored through accounting systems, management reports, and special analysis for decision making; cost volume-profit analysis; incremental analysis; responsibilities accounting; operational and capital budgeting; and standard cost systems. This class may include students from multiple sections. (Elective)

    Credits: 5

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    5

    Advanced applications of word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, and databases. Project-based application of advanced skills in an integrated, comprehensive business practice set of problems. Apply concepts and skills to create solutions to problems using Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Access. Interactive training and skill-based assessments are completed in a virtual environment; projects are based on real-world business situations. Integration with cloud computing. AOS 205 and AOS 206 is recommended. This class may include students from multiple sections. 

    Credits: 5

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    5

    An introduction to fundamentals of computer science. Topics covered include algorithmic design; problem-solving techniques for computer programming; fundamentals of digital logic and computer organization; the role of the operating system; introductory programming methodology, including variables, assignment statements, control statements and subroutines (methods); programming paradigms; the compilation process; theoretical limits of computation; database structures; and social and ethical issues. This class may include students from multiple sections. (Natural Sciences, Elective)

    Credits: 5

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    Sub-Total Credits
    15

    Your personal educational plan will vary based on many factors including:  

     

    Total Credits
    90